Presented on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 in the Barn at Quarry Farm. After defining the key term, "bad faith," Forrest Robinson will illustrate the operation of bad faith in Clemens' work (offering examples from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Tragedy of Pudd'nHead Wilson), and in his life (illustrated by an example from Following the Equator), with special attention to the vexed issue of race slavery. Dr. Robinson will explain the origin of "The Author-Cat" and will also elaborate more broadly on the significance of bad faith in our favorite humorist's career.
Forrest Robinson is Distinguished Professor of English at University of California, Santa Cruz. He is the author of numerous books and articles including In Bad Faith: The Dynamics of Deception in Mark Twain's America; The Author-Cat: Clemens' Life in Fiction; and The Jester and the Sages: Mark Twain in Conversation with Nietzsche, Freud, and Marx.